In the past, bow ties have been associated with academics like Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, signifying a quirky nerd’s badge of honour. The bow tie could also be considered a go-to accent piece for a young man on his way to prom or a wedding trying to emulate the ultimate gentleman. Today the accessory can be worn by both men and women as a badge of courage, signifying a confident, nonconformist person of style. The trend is here to stay.
Make no mistake it’s no simple task to pull off this look. Wearing a bow tie makes a statement and says something about your personality, so choosing the right colour and pattern is important to wearing it well.
Here are a few style tips to consider when rocking the bow tie:
- Avoid wearing a perfectly neat clip-on bow tie. A beautifully asymmetrical, slightly tousled bow makes it look effortless.
- Solid coloured bow ties look best with crisp light or dark solid shirts.
- The bright or motley bow tie pairs well with a light or dark colored suit or shirt.
- Subtle or one colored pattern bow ties match well with plaid or striped fabrics.
- Material matters. For summer look for bow ties in seersucker, madras, and straight cotton.
- Most importantly, have fun with it and get playful expressing yourself.
Bored of the traditional neck tie? Break through your style blahs with the bow tie, the perfect accent piece to punch up your look with some swagger. Best worn as an alternative not a uniform, the bow tie has definitely earned its place in our repertoire in the 21st century.
Insider tip: Don’t feel ready for a bow tie? Try starting with a lapel pin to boost your look.
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Contributor: Helen Ilianis